Chicken Cordon Bleu (Baked) – The Cookie Rookie®


Tender chicken breasts, coated with crispy breadcrumbs, packed with sliced ham and swiss cheese – who doesn’t love a delectable Chicken Cordon Bleu! Easy to make and so delicious!

sliced chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans and a fork.

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

This easy chicken cordon bleu recipe looks as good as it tastes! Oven baked to perfection, these beauties come out tender in the middle and crunchy on the outside, with a flavor packed ham and cheese filling. Perfect for when you want something that feels fancy but is actually super simple to make!

Looking for more chicken recipes? Why not also try my Crockpot Tuscan Chicken and my Grilled Chicken Nachos.

Why You’ll Love this Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe:

  • CHEESY: Loaded with melty, creamy Swiss cheese!
  • CRISPY: Coated with light and airy panko breadcrumbs for the perfect crunch!
  • EASY: Made kitchen staples, this gorgeous chicken dish comes together so easily.

Chicken Cordon Bleu is such a simple classic, you’ll want this as part of your weekly meal rota!

chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans.

sliced chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans and a fork

How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound your chicken.
  2. Layer your ham and cheese onto the flattened chicken, roll up the chicken and refrigerate.
  3. Set up your breading station and coat your chicken.
  4. Brush with butter and bake.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
step by step photos for how to make chicken cordon bleu baked.
chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans.
What is chicken cordon bleu?

“Cordon Bleu” is French for “blue ribbon”, a distinction given to the best chefs. The dish consists of chicken stuffed with cheese and ham, breaded, and fried (although, in this recipe, we bake it!).

Can I use thin-sliced chicken breasts to make chicken cordon bleu?

Yes! Using store-bought thin-sliced chicken breasts is a great (and less messy) shortcut for making chicken cordon bleu. You can skip the pounding step of the recipe this way.

How can I tell when chicken cordon bleu is fully cooked?

To tell when the chicken is fully baked, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat (NOT into the filling!). It should read 165°F when the meat is fully cooked.

What is the best cheese for chicken cordon bleu?

The traditional cheese used in chicken cordon bleu is Swiss, but you could also use gruyere, white cheddar, or fontina.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Cordon Bleu plays well with a multitude of sides, here’s some favorites:

This baked chicken recipe serves up the perfect mix of juicy chicken with a crispy coating!

chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans.
chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover chicken cordon bleu in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

I recommend preparing chicken cordon bleu and freezing before baking for the best results. Freeze unbaked chicken cordon bleu in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let the chicken thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

Variations

  • If desired, you can use prosciutto in place of the ham.
  • Use gruyere, white cheddar, or fontina in place of the Swiss cheese.
  • You can use Italian breadcrumbs in place of the Panko.

Make It A Meal

sliced chicken cordon bleu baked on a white plate with green beans and a fork.

Cheesy, savory and easy to make – this Chicken Cordon Bleu is ticking all the boxes for an easy and delicious weeknight dinner! Oven baked so they come out perfect every time and no grease! Coated with a delectably crunchy coating, these little beauties will please kids and adults alike!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!



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